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Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., on community in diversity

This UDMcast features Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., Founder/ executive director of Jobs For A Future/Homeboy Industries, recorded September 27, 2006. Running time is 55 minutes 34 seconds. Select UDMcast format below.

Gregory Boyle, S.J.

On Sept. 27, 2006, Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., visited UDM and gave a presentation titled "Tattoos on the Heart: Creating Community in a Diverse World."

Fr. Boyle is the founder/ executive director of Jobs For A Future/Homeboy Industries, an employment referral center and economic development program in Los Angeles. Begun in 1988 for at-risk and gang-involved youth, Jobs For A Future is today a nationally-recognized center that assists 1,000 people a month in redirecting their lives.

His life mission was to create businesses that provide training, work experience, and above all, the opportunity for rival gang members to work side by side.

With former gang members' help, he has created a number of economic development enterprises including Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy / Homegirl Merchandise, Homeboy Graffiti Removal, Homeboy Maintenance, Homeboy Landscaping and the Homegirl Cafe.

On Sept. 28, 2006, Fr. Boyle also joined the UDM community for "Celebrate Spirit," a yearly University event welcoming people of all faiths to ask God's blessings on the new school year. Fr. Boyle was the Homilist for the event.

Fr. Boyle was born in Los Angeles. He received his B.A. in English from Gonzaga University, M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University, Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology, and an STM degree from the Jesuit School of Theology.

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